Download and Install this compatibility pack if you would like to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations that were created in the newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Scroll down to see instructions and system requirements.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word Excel and PowerPoint File Formats

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint . The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats.

The administrative template for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint converters contained within the Compatibility Pack is available for download. The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack has been updated to include SP2. Additionally, with the updated Compatibility Pack, if .DOCX or .DOCM files contain custom XML tags, those tags are removed when the file is opened in Word 2003.

Introduction

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to Office Compatibility Pack. These updates include two main categories of fixes:

  • Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, this includes improvements in stability, performance, and security.
  • All the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes that were released through August 2011.

Because Office service packs are cumulative, you do not have to install Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 before you install Service Pack 3. Service Pack 3 includes all fixes which were included in Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2.

How to obtain and install the service packs

Method 1: Microsoft Update (recommended)
To download the service pack from Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft website:
Microsoft Update
Enrolling in Microsoft Update is the recommended way to update products to SP3. Microsoft Update will detect which products that you have installed, and then apply all updates to the products.
Method 2: Download the SP3 package from Microsoft Update Catalog
To get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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Known issues and behavior changes

2591067 Known issues that you may experience when you install the 2007 Office suite SP3 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP3
You may also encounter the following issues when you try to install this update:

  • The update installation fails.
  • The system keeps reminding you to install this update although you already installed it.
  • The desktop does not load.

If you encounter one if the issues mentioned above, you may try the following methods.

Method 1: Reset Windows Update components and then try updating your computer

To reset the Windows Update components automatically, click the
Fix button or link. Click
Run in the
File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

Free Download Link

Click on the link below for a free download of the Microsoft Office Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.